Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia Hispanic, a member of the mint family. Chia seeds have recently gained attention as an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid. They also are an excellent source of fibre at about 2 tablespoons a day, and contain protein and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Emerging research suggests that including chia seeds as part of a healthy diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. Chia seeds can be eaten raw or prepared in a number of dishes. Sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, rice, yogurt or vegetables. Chia seeds are absorbent and develop a gelatinous texture when soaked in water making it easy to mix them into cooked cereal or other dishes. The seeds are not the only important part of the chia plant; the sprouts also are edible. Try adding them to salads, sandwiches and other dishes.